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Architect predicts park will be 'transformative'
The designer of the MAPS 3 downtown park says it will change Oklahoma City.
Mary Margaret Jones is a landscape architect and president/senior principal of Hargreaves Associates of New York and San Francisco.
Hargreaves has the contract to design the park and oversee construction. Groundbreaking for the 38-acre upper portion of the park is set for June.
The MAPS 3 park will encompass nearly 70 acres above and below Skydance bridge, connecting downtown and the Oklahoma River.
In an interview with The Oklahoman, Jones said experience shows parks on the scale of the MAPS 3 park become more than just capital projects but are, rather, "socially, economically, culturally transformative."
"So they become catalysts for change," where a dollar invested by the public can drive four dollars in adjacent private development, she said.
At more than $130 million, the park is among the three biggest MAPS 3 projects.
Across Robinson Avenue will be the new convention center complex, with a high-rise hotel and parking. The MAPS 3 streetcar will stop near the cafe at the park's north end.